Schubert & Tchaikovsky Works for String Quartet
Stark and steely is the opening outcry of the Kopelman Quartet’s account of Schubert’s Death and the Maiden. Passionate and remorseless, the Kopelman shows how well Schubert fuses all this material as the music swings like a pendulum from protest to rhapsody with the detail of emphatic motifs shared by instruments in turn. The exposition repeat seems different: the opening more declamatory, the second theme more a sad recollection of happiness than reliving it. This account is both moving and disturbing.